The Personal Information You Share on Facebook Can Be Used Against You

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As of today, Facebook has 564,121,840, global members, including myself. Facebook makes it easy to network and share photos with our friends, family and the rest of the world. Virtually all of us are aware of Facebook’s dubious privacy issues, but few of us ever think twice before sharing such information and wondering who‘s looking at it. Yes, we try to protect ourselves against online predators and internet scams , but there are other ways our profile information can be used against us, and once you become aware of these seemingly unknown dangers it might make you think twice about what information you ultimately want to share on Facebook. After researching books, newspaper, magazine articles and countless websites, I myself was surprised to discover that the pictures, wall posts, and overall information we share on the site can be used against us legally, it could cost us our job, or even keep us from being admitted to our dream school.

For those of you who don’t know, yes, any photo you post on your Facebook profile or anyone else’s photo you are tagged in can be taken down and be admissible in a court of law as evidence against you. For example an insurer can deny your claim. Take for instance 29 year old Canadian Mirae Mayenburg. In 2006 she was rear-ended by a car and the accident left her with unbearable back pain that affected her ability to work. After a year and a half, The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) ended her benefit payments because she had pictures on her Facebook profile that showed her hiking and riding her bicycle. Not only are insurance companies scanning your profile to deny claims, but attorneys are combing their client’s spouses profiles for evidence of child neglect, infidelity, or deception. (One study suggests that Facebook comes up in one out of five new divorce petitions).

While most of us will never see ourselves in court battling an insurance claim, most certainly all of us will find our selves interviewing...
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